Programs & Services
In the US, over 22,000 babies are stillborn every year.* SAILS understands the pain and suffering so many families endure and provides community support services, outreach programs, fundraising opportunities and an advocacy network to help reduce the emotional and financial burdens they encounter throughout their grieving process.
*Source: Star Legacy Foundation
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Angel Ivy Burial/Cremation Grant
The Angel Ivy Burial/Cremation Grant was established by Sadija Smiley in memory of her daughter, Ivyanna Salene, who was born sleeping at 36 weeks in 2003, in hopes of bringing comfort to families by allowing them to grieve without the stress of paying for their unexpected loss. The grant is funded by donations and 100% of the proceeds from the SAILS Awareness Calendar. The calendar features families from across the world, sharing their journey and their precious baby(ies) to raise awareness around pregnancy and infant loss. Purchase this year’s calendar here.
From the moment someone knows they’re expecting a baby they start to make plans and look forward to their new arrival. The grief suffered through loss associated with this experience can be very hard to come to terms with so we provide a Keepsake Box. Each wooden box is engraved with a quote and comes full of items like a journal, pen, candle, teddy bear, bookmark, tea cup and tea bags.
After a parent experiences stillbirth in the hospital they are offered choices as to what they can do with their baby. Some choose to use a Cuddle Cot, an extension of time, allowing bereaved parents, families and friends the chance to make memories in the hospital without feeling rushed. SAILS partners with various healthcare facilities to provide the Cuddle Cot to their patients.
SAILS Grief Support
SAILS offers grief recovery programs to assist parents grieving the loss of their baby. Each of these programs are led by certified Grief Recovery Method Specialists, trained by The Grief Recovery Institute and offer a safe, evidence-based environment for parents to take effective and lasting action.